Battling Bishops Freeze Bulldogs

Sophomore Gwyneth Carlson scooped up five ground balls and four draw controls, while forcing three turnovers in Adrian's loss to Ohio Wesleyan on Monday (Photo by Mike Dickie)
Sophomore Gwyneth Carlson scooped up five ground balls and four draw controls, while forcing three turnovers in Adrian's loss to Ohio Wesleyan on Monday (Photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College women's lacrosse team dropped its home opener on Monday, March 4 to Ohio Wesleyan, 12-11. The game was a cold one, with air temps in the low teens and the wind chill staying below zero for the duration of the contest.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Ohio Wesleyan 12, Adrian 11

Location: Adrian, Mich. (Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium)

Records: AC 1-1, OWU 2-1

HOW IT HAPPENED

The teams traded goals at the beginning of the match before Adrian put home five in a row and seven of eight to take an 8-3 lead. The run was kicked off by a pair of goals by freshman Cristin Culbertson. The large lead wouldn't last long, as Ohio Wesleyan came right back with five in a row of its own to tie the game up at eight before halftime, tying the game up with 48 seconds left on the clock.

Scoring was harder to find in the second half, and it appeared the cold was finally getting to the two teams. Adrian looked like it was going to run away with the second half, scoring less than a minute in and then twice in a 21-second span four minutes later to go up 11-8. Those would be the last Bulldog goals, as OWU came back and scored the final four goals of the game to win 12-11 in the Black and Gold's home debut.

TOP DOGS

• Freshman Olive Stevens led the Bulldogs' offense with three goals and one assist.

• Senior Annie Rice had four points for the second game in a row, scoring twice and assisting twice. Culbertson also had a two-goal game.

• Stevens led the team with six ground balls while sophomore Gwyneth Carlson scooped up five. Rice had a game-high eight draw controls and Carlson added another four, while also forcing three turnovers.

• Senior goalie Hannah Emerson made five saves.

THE OPPOSITION

• Jenn Douglas and Sloane Baumgartner carried OWU offensively, with five and four goals, respectively.

• Sarah Hanley led the Battling Bishops in ground balls with five and Douglas had six draw controls for the team lead.

• Goalie Kelly Coffyn made 14 saves in the win.

QUOTABLE

• "We battled hard all night and had our opportunities in the last 15-20 minutes of the game to put it away. Credit to Ohio Wesleyan's goalie, she rose to the occasion and kept us off the board for a long stretch in the second half." - Head Coach Brett Asher

• "Our team had great fight throughout the game. We had a couple people hurting but they toughed it out and gave us great effort. We're going to learn from this and keep working to get better." - Asher

UP NEXT

The Bulldogs are back in action again this Wednesday for a game against Aquinas College. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Grand Rapids, but was moved to Adrian over weather concerns. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

 

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